Samsung’s foldable smartphone to feature astronomically price, massive battery

The foldable Samsung Smartphone which was teased at Samsung’s developer conference this fall will easily be the most expensive smartphone in Samsung’s 2019 lineup. According to a new report from CGS-CIMB Research, the Samsung foldable smartphone’s sticker price will likely start at $1,800, making it $800 more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 base model. For that price, users will be getting a  4.6-inch display on the front of the device (when folded) and a larger  7.3-inch foldable display. Due to the folding nature of the device, the report claims that it will likely feature two separate batteries with a total capacity of at least 6,000mAh.
Other specifications are likely to include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, at least 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor.
While Samsung has not revealed when the foldable smartphone will be making its official debut, there’s a chance that it will officially be unveiled alongside the Samsung Galaxy S10. Based on the most recent Galaxy S10 rumor, that could mean that both phones will make an appearance at MWC 2019 in Barcelona.
Industry reports have shown that Samsung is only planning to build 1 million units of the device in 2019. Despite the Samsung FOldable smartphone’s alleged $1,800 price point, the company will likely sell every unit it builds. We’re still not sure if the device will off a better experience than the regular devices we’re using now, but we’re definitely curious to see if the foldable smartphone is what will usher us into the next wave of hardware innovations.
Source: Lets Go Digital via SamMobile

The punch hole is just as bad as the notch

As an HTC user, one thing I’ve never had to worry about are notches. But now with the “hole punch” being the next screen/camera craze seemingly about to storm the smartphone market, I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that my next smartphone might include an ugly black spot on the screen.
But why are we being forced to sacrifice screen real estate for notches or the aptly-named hole-punch camera cutout? Is this simply a design trend that will fade away as quickly as it showed up or are the notch and punch-hole here to stay?
I mean there are even seriously viable alternatives emerging such as the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 with their sliding phone throwback and the pop-up cameras of the Oppo Find X to name but two both adding functionality while maintaining full-screen real estate. Personally pop-up and sliding cameras aren’t for me, I’m not sure I like the added possibility of mechanical failure. But at least they are trying, right?
Notches flew on to our screens in August of 2017 with the introduction of Sharp’s Aquos S2 overshadowed swiftly by the Essential PH1, then followed by countless other manufacturers. Fast forward just over a year and we see the internet recoiling in horror when the sheer size of the Pixel 3’s notch was revealed. I can’t help wonder if this has sparked some kind of retreat? Boardroom meeting across the globe discussing how they’d break up our full-screen experience over the next 18 months of smartphone releases. “I know let’s just punch a hole out the screen” – Le sigh. Let’s not even mention LG’s patent for an oval cutout.

This still leaves me asking the question though: why? Notches are ugly. Dead space is ugly. Are my dreams of true edge-to-edge screens really that crazy? Any way you cut it, the notch and the punch-hole aren’t really a step forward in my book.
It can certainly be argued that the hole is aesthetically not that bad — but as consumers, we’re constantly being asked to compromise screen space for dead space. I’d rather have a modest bezel that houses the cameras, speakers and fingerprint sensors (That’s right I think rear fingerprint sensors are useless too) rather than see my handsets getting more and more erm edge to edge “glassy”?
Yesterday’s unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy A8s and Honor View 20 were just the beginning. Lenovo’s Z5S has already received certification by the TENAA in China and then there’s the upcoming Huawei Nova 4 is expected to be the first Huawei-branded phone to feature the hole-punch camera and is likely to be introduced on 17th December 2018.
Needless to say, I like display notches and holes as much as I’d like to see a cluster of dead pixels.
I’m merely opening up a conversation here, manufacturers are producing the units, consumers are buying them. However, I see opinions to the contrary all across social media. Do people really like notches and cutouts are much as we a led to believe? All i know is the punch-hole is just as bad as the notch and I’m almost dreading what might be coming next unless of course, it’s a return to nice sturdy bezels and aluminum bodies.
 
 

Leak reveals OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition to be OnePlus’ most expensive smartphone ever

With the launch of the of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition right around the corner, we finally have the last missing piece to the puzzle — its price. After sharing official press images of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition a few days back, @IshanAgarwal24 has now revealed the phone will make its debut for €699 & €709 (right around $800) in markets across Europe, making it the most expensive OnePlus device in history. The €10 price variation from country to country is in line with what OnePlus’ pricing for its other devices (likely due to differences in VAT between countries).
Since the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition features 10GB of RAM and an upgraded fast charging technology, we were expecting it to sell for at least €50-60 more than the €589 variant of the OnePlus 6T which comes equipped with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. To us, the €110 premium for the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition seems a bit excessive considering that OnePlus only charges a €30 premium to upgrade from 6GB to 8GB of RAM. 
Despite the phone’s high price tag, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition will likely sell quite well. Will you be forking over the cash to be among the few to own a smartphone with 10GB of RAM?

The most expensive OnePlus phone EVER, as I told you weeks ago! BTW, There is usually a 10 Euro difference in prices between different European countries, hence, €699 & €709. Hope you understand. I like this phone though! :)#OnePlus6T#SaluteToSpeed pic.twitter.com/2L9pm1xkYb
— Ishan Agarwal (@IshanAgarwal24) December 10, 2018

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 leak shows 3.5mm headphone jack is staying

With most of the world’s smartphone manufacturers opting to replace the 3.5mm headphone jack with the USB-C port, some were expecting Samsung to follow suit next year with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S10. The ubiquitous port has not been mentioned in previous leaks, but a new video of a transparent Samsung Galaxy S10 case has surfaced, revealing a cut out for a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom of the device, to the left of its USB-C port cut out. 
Like most rumors and leaks, there’s always a chance that things could change between now and the official debut of the Samsung Galaxy S10. The phone isn’t expected to be officially unveiled for at least two more months, so a lot could happen between now and then.
Samsung Galaxy S10 flaunts a corner notch in leaked image
Do you think the Samsung Galaxy S10 will be more appealing than its competitors if Samsung keeps the 3.5mm headphone jack?

The Galaxy S10 protective case tells us that the 3.5mm headphone jack still exists. pic.twitter.com/QIKSEB8dt4
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) December 9, 2018

Samsung Galaxy S10 flaunts a corner notch in leaked image

Samsung Galaxy S10 leaks and rumors have suggested that the company’s 2019 flagship smartphone would feature a punch-hold display cut out for its single or dual-sensor front-facing camera, but a leaked image of a Galaxy S10 prototype seems to buck those rumors by flaunting a corner notch. If you think this setup is a bit odd, we’d have to agree. The corner notch in the image makes the Samsung Galaxy S10 look more like the awkward HTC U Ultra than a flagship device slated for 2019.

While we certainly wouldn’t put it past Samsung to experiment with a design like this, there’s absolutely no way that the device shown in the image will represent the final design of the Samsung Galaxy S10. As you can tell, the device in question is clearly a prototype which is being tested. It likely features all the components that will be in the Galaxy S10 at launch, but the body of the phone is simply a body shell with a generic glass panel over the display. The display will certainly feature the punch-hold cutouts we’ve been hearing so much about lately — don’t you worry. There are no leaks which show the actual display, but we do have an image of what the glass screen protectors for the phone will look like.

Source: SlashLeaks via SamMobile
 
 
 

The Pixel 3 Lite XL says no to the notch

Thanks to new renders from @OnLeaks, we can now get a closer look at what may be the final design of the rumored Pixel 3 Lite and the larger Pixel 3 Lite XL. While we’ve seen photos of the Pixel 3 Lite in the past, this is the first time we’re seeing the Pixel 3 Lite XL. Unlike the original Pixel 3 XL, the Lite model appears to share the same overall design as the smaller Pixel 3 Lite, with a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top edge, speakers slits on the bottom and no notch on its 6-inch display.
Other specifications for the two phones include a Snapdragon 670 for the smaller phone and a Snapdragon 710 for the XL, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage (there’s a chance a 64GB option may be available as well) on both, FHD+ resolution display panels, single 12MP main cameras with dual-Led flash and single 8MP front-facing cameras as well. The battery capacity of the Pixel 3 Lite is expected to be 2915 mAh battery, but no details have yet emerged regarding the larger phone’s battery.

As with all leaks and renders we share, there’s a chance that the information and images may be different than the final Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL once the devices are unveiled. The information shown here is consistent with other leaks, so we’re fairly confident that they accurately portray the devices Google is working on.
With the steady increase in rumors and leaks, the Pixel 3 Lite devices will likely make their debut in Q1 of 2019. There’s a slight chance that the phones will be unveiled at CES in January, but Google will likely show off the new phones at its own even later that month or wait until Mobile World Congress in February. With the cheaper build materials and SoC, these two devices should sell for significantly less than the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. That being said, we don’t expect either of the phones to debut with a sticker price below $550.

 
Source: 91Mobiles

Lenovo Z5S hands-on video shows off punch-hole camera cutout

The smartphone notch isn’t going to last much longer. As quickly as the notch came into fruition, it looks like OEMs are quickly racing to replace the notch with the punch-hole camera cutout. Samsung and Huawei are poised to release the first devices with a punch-hole display, but they’re not the only ones working with the new display technology. A newly-leaked video of the Lenovo Z5S has surfaced which shows off its punch-hole cutout for the front-facing camera.
The punch hole on the Lenovo Z5S’ display is perfectly centered, dividing the status icons on the right from the notifications on the left. While this setup mimics the minimalist notches we’ve seen on the OnePlus 6T and the Essential PH1 (the first device to show off a display notch), Huawei and Samsung will likely be placing their punch-hole for the front camera in the top left corner of the display.

As for the Lenovo Z5S, the device is expected to be a mid-range Android smartphone with a few high-end specs. The Lenovo Z5S powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 with 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 6.3-inch 1080 x 2340 Pixel display, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, triple-sensor camera on the back, single 8MP sensor up front and a 3210 mAh battery. The phone has already been certified by TENAA which means we could see an official announcement about the phone between now and CES 2019 which takes place on the second week of January. 
On the surface, the punch-hole cutout for the front-facing camera isn’t much different than a display notch. Based on what we’ve seen so far, would you rather own a smartphone with a notch or a punch-hole cutout for the front-facing camera?
Source: Weibo via Pocketnow
 

Rumored OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition to feature a stupid amount of RAM

OnePlus has been known to deliver handsets which offer incredible performance and specs without too much of an impact on your bank account, but the company plans to take things to the next level with the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition. The latest rumor claims that the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition will be equipped with a mind-boggling 10GB of RAM will likely cure your storage anxiety by giving you 256GB of internal storage.
The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is said to the results between McLaren and OnePlus, with the former lending a hand to help design and market the smartphone. While the phone’s 10GB of RAM may set it apart from the regular OnePlus 6T, most of the phone’s other specs should remain the sale. The device is expected to feature the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6.4-inch display and 16MP cameras on the front and back of the phone. 
OnePlus is expected to officially unveil the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition in London on December 11th and in Mumbai on December 12. Pricing details are still not available, but expect to pay at least $659 for the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition since the OnePlus 6T with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage currently sells for $629.

OnePlus and @McLarenF1. Forever in pursuit of speed. Experience the #SalutetoSpeed on December 11. https://t.co/inqbUCRYcK pic.twitter.com/Q7HGBqmZtw
— OnePlus (@oneplus) November 27, 2018

We all know that 10GB of RAM on Android is more RAM than you’ll ever need, but I’m sure more than a few of you will be enticed by the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition. Are you planning on buying this new device once it’s made available or will you be waiting a few more months to pick up a 2019 flagship device?
Source: mysmartprice

Huawei to introduce smartphone with ‘punch hole’ display before Samsung

A few weeks ago we learned that the Samsung Galaxy S10 will be one of the first devices to market featuring the company’s new Infinity-O display which features a “punch-hole” cutout for the front-facing camera. Since then, Samsung Galaxy A8s leaks have surfaced which suggest that it would introduce the new Infinity-O display to the world before the end of the year. The new display technology would allow the despised display notch’s real estate to be reduced significantly and allow it to get lost in the notification bar more easily.
Unfortunately for Samsung, it looks like Huawei is planning to beat them to the punch. According to an image shared by @UniverseIcem Huawei is planning to unveil a device in December which will also feature a punch-hole cutout in the display for the front-facing camera. As shown in the image below, the front-facing camera hole would be located in the top left corner of the display. While Samsung’s Infinity-O display technology has gotten a lot of attention these past few weeks, we were first introduced to the technology concept this past summer when a Huawei patent surfaced which showed a punch-out hole for the front-facing camera in phone’s display.
We do not know the name of the Huawei device which will feature the punch-hole camera cutout, but with its launch scheduled for December, we should know more soon. Based on what we know so far, do you think a punch-hole display is a better option than the notched displays we’ve seen this year?

Huawei will release the world’s first hole-screen mobile phone before the Samsung Galaxy A8s, which will be released in December, but the A8s may also be released in December, so who will start, it will wait and see.Huawei’s offensive against Samsung has never weakened. pic.twitter.com/MqefEgK7j0
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) November 26, 2018

 

Big changes could be coming to Google Fi

UPDATE: Google Fi has officially announced support for more Android devices.
 
Thanks to a now-pulled news piece, we may be getting a look at the future of Google Fi. According to the article that originally appeared over at BGR, it looks like Google is going to expand the lineup of phones it allows on its MVNO, Fi.
Currently, Google recommends that you purchase only the devices it sells to work on its network. Those range from Google’s own Pixel lineup to offerings from Motorola and LG. If the information in the BGR piece is accurate, you will soon be able to use devices from Samsung, OnePlus, and Apple. This change is potentially huge for customers looking for a low-cost option but are tied to a specific device. This news comes several weeks after we learned that Project Fi has been rebranded to Google Fi, implying that Google may be looking at changes to the service which will make it more appealing to mainstream consumers.
Google does give the disclaimer that you may not get the “full Google Fi experience” if your device isn’t “designed for Fi.” But what exactly does that mean? Right now, the devices that Google sells all have the ability to quickly switch between service providers. Like all MVNO carriers, Fi leases unused tower space from larger service providers. In this case, Fi leases space from T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular. Designed for Fi phones are able to quickly switch between towers they’re connecting to based on which has the strongest signal. Fi offers a base of $20 per month for calling and texting and $10 per month for each gig of data that you use. Additionally, data rates are capped at $60 per month no matter how much data you use so customer costs don’t spin out of control. For users who use very little data or a ton of data, these rates are great and now the expanded choice of phones makes Google Fi even more compelling.
It’s yet to be seen if a move like this will entice customers to come on board. The quick network switching is one of the biggest reasons to join Project Fi and if you’re unable to take advantage of that, Fi looks like any other carrier. But, what do you think? Does this make you more likely to consider Fi in the future? Let us know in the comments.
Source: BGR via Droid-Life